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Randi Diabo, Class of 2014, B.S in Electrical Engineering

Randi is from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, a reservation which runs along the St Lawrence river on the south shore of Montreal, QC. The Mohawk are one of the original Five Nations of the Iroquois, located in upstate New York, southern Quebec and eastern Ontario. She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served 4 years of active duty, stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC and completing 2 tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was honorably discharged in August 2009.

As she was preparing to leave the military, she knew two things: she wanted to use her GI Bill to attend college and she wanted to live in Vermont! She began taking evening classes at Franklin Pierce University’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies in West Lebanon, NH while living just several minutes away in White River Junction, VT and working part-time for the U.S. Postal Service. A few months later, in the spring of 2010, she was accepted to UVM and would begin classes in the Fall of 2010.

When she arrived at the UVM, she discovered the Student Veterans Organization (previously known as the Veterans Collaboration Organization) and was introduced to a group of fellow veterans with whom she could relate to as both a mature/non-traditional student and as one with military experience. Being a part of this particular group helped to rebuild a sense of comraderie and reduce the feeling of isolation that often comes with being a student who does not quite fit in with the majority. Currently a senior at UVM, she serves as President of the UVM Student Veterans Organization (SVO) and has been working as an intern for IBM since January 2013. Randi anticipates a December 2014 graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

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